Independent Shops in Carlisle

Supporting local and independent businesses is very important right now. Why not check out the Independent Shops in Carlisle, and support these small businesses in a difficult time? Plus local businesses create and provide unique and one-of-a-kind products.

Supporting local and independent businesses is very important right now. Why not check out the Independent Shops in Carlisle, and support these small businesses in a difficult time? Plus local businesses create and provide unique and one-of-a-kind products.

Castle chocolates 

Looking for something sweet? Well, head to Castle Chocolates where you can find beautifully crafted chocolates and truffles, great for a special occasion or as a gift to someone!

NK fashion 

This independent retailer sells a wide range of fashionable women’s clothes, why not support local and buy your next jumper or t-shirt from here? 

Bookcase 

This is the place to go if you are a student in Carlisle. Bookcase is one of the country’s largest independent book shops, with over 300,000 books, a huge range of secondhand classical & jazz CD’s, vinyl and sheet music. Situated next door is ‘Bookends’ where you can buy new books, plus there is a great little cafe where you can enjoy some delicious cake. Every week there is an event, whether it be an author talk, a quiz, poetry night or open-mic event, Bookcase is the place to go. 

Foxes cafe lounge 

The home of Bruce and Luke’s award-winning coffee, the Foxes cafe is a great place to go for great coffee, awesome food and a lovely atmosphere. Their pancakes are a must-try, and their cakes, oh and their sandwiches… we’ll have one of everything, please!

John Watt Coffee House

The oldest coffee roasters and tea blenders in Carlisle, John Watt has been a familiar name in Carlisle for many years. Not only do they have 4 cafes in the city, but they also have an online shop where you can buy everything from coffee beans to hampers and cafetieres. 

Ashbridge & Brown 

Describe themselves as an independent lifestyle shop for this looking for something a bit different. This shop sells everything from plants, and picture frames, to bags and items for a more eco-conscious consumer. This is a great place to go if you’re looking for a gift for someone really special or someone who has everything. 

Vinyl Cafe

Electric beats and tasty treats. This is the place for music enthusiasts, who appreciate vinyl, live music, and the artistry of music. Check out their website, or visit the shop for the full experience. 

Fun 2 Do 

Love a bit of arts and crafts? Well, Fun 2 Do is the place to visit in Carlisle. Explore their fascinating shelves full of yarn, ribbon and materials. 

Padthaistr eat 

Serving simply delicious Thai street food, this unassuming street van, is the place to be. They make curry, pad thai dishes, spring rolls, chicken satay, sticky rice and even thai pancakes and they are all super tasty!

Scotby Cycles 

Established in the 1980s, Scotby Cycle is one of the largest independent bike stores in the UK, selling a whole range of bikes, bike equipment, bike wear and accessories. If you love bikes then a trip to Scotby Cycles is a must. 

Anazao Tea Room 

This quaint little tea room serves cakes, coffee and snacks, perfect for when you’ve had a big day of lectures. They also sell boxes of tray bakes, which can only be described as pure joy in a box. 

Whytes Cafe bar 

This family-owned local cafe serves homemade fresh food and drinks. Like many other cafes in Carlisle, they offer plenty of delicious cakes and scones. 

Carlisle World Shop 

This small shop stocks a whole range of items from all over the world, all of which are ethical, fairtrade and environmentally friendly and sourced from marginalised and small producers from developing countries. 

Supporting Independent Shops in Carlisle is very important right now. Whether you’re a student living in Carlisle, or a family member just visiting the city it’s great if we can all support local and independent businesses as much as we can. If businesses are closed, why not visit their social media, or website and order online?

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